RUSH: It’s that time of year, by the way, folks. TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. Who do you think is in the running? “Oh, it has to be Trump. It just has to be Trump.” You want to hear the list of potentials? Here we go. “Donald Trump…” This from the U.K. Daily Mail: “Donald Trump faces off against Hillary Clinton, Beyonce, Vladimir Putin, and Simone Biles for TIME Person of the Year.” Simone Biles. “
Donald Trump is a finalist for the Time Person of the Year for the second straight year. He is up against a group that includes Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Vladmir Putin, Simone Biles and Mark Zuckerberg. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also a finalist, was the winner of the online reader’s poll for the Person of the Year honor.” There certainly is not a person that has had more effect on the world than Donald Trump.
There shouldn’t be anybody else considered. Look at these elections all over the world. Trump is a new leader. Gone is the prime minister of Italy. Gone is the guy that was running the U.K. The European Union is crumbling. In France they’re gonna elect a right-wing government. The Australians are the only holdouts here, but the world scene consists of dramatically new direction and new leaders and so forth, and it’s all Trump.
Sarah Palin Knocks Carrier DealRUSH: Sarah Palin also opined on the Carrier deal. Did you hear what she said? “Crony capitalist.” She doesn’t like it. She doesn’t like this kind of arrangement, and she’s sending up red flags about it.Mannheim Steamroller and New Apple Products Make Your Host Feel the Magic of ChristmasRUSH: For those of you new to the program, once again the latest official ratings… We’re not supposed to get into specifics. That’s actually kind of the old school. You can mention it now because it’s such a different method ratings are taken. The latest report we have, it’s incredible, the audience growth here. It rivals the early days of the program in terms of the rapidity with which new people are joining the program. Therefore, those of you new: Every Christmas season, Mannheim Steamroller is featured in our bumper rotation. It’s some of the finest instrumental Christmas music.
I happen to love the Christmas season. It dates back to the romanticized specks of my childhood with it, our family was big into Christmas, both religiously and just culturally, and I just have some of my fondest memories of that time of year. Mannheim Steamroller music has specific attachment to me related to the death of my father. I won’t bore you with the details of that, but Chip Davis and the guys, I’ve been with them on tour now and then. They even gave me a jacket once in Chicago one of their performances, just fabulous. If you ever have a chance to catch them in person in concert, Mannheim Steamroller, it’s well worth it.
I could not sleep on Christmas Eve as a kid. No matter what I did I was so excited I could not sleep. So I actually wrote down, put together an itinerary, what to do at 1 a.m., what to do at 1:30, what to do at 1:45. I started plotting how early I could go downstairs, if I could get away with sneaking down at 4 a.m. just to get a quick sneak peek. My father figured that out, was sleeping in an easy chair so I got foiled with that. I mean, this was a multiyear plan that I had.
There were no radio stations playing regular music on Christmas Eve. Everyone, you know, live from the Vatican or taped Christmas music or what have you, which back then I was not all that into. I was just hoping that one of my top 40 stations would be playing top 40 all night so I could pretend to play deejay. (interruption) Oh, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, whatever.
But I could not sleep. I was so excited. I mean, look, when December 1st hit, I couldn’t sleep, I started getting so excited. And you people wonder why I like Apple so much. When Steve Jobs died, one of the things I mentioned is the Apple stuff, I love it so much, honest, best way to express this is that when there’s new Apple stuff out and, you know, you can’t find it when it comes out, they make sure that you can’t find it. Their supply and demand is altered in such a way to create more demand by limiting supply.
So the search for new Apple stuff is kind of like Christmas morning when I finally get it. It’s the same feeling when I get any new Apple stuff, when I’m 65 years old, I feel like I did when I was 10. I mean, anything and anybody that can help a 65-year-old feel like a 10-year-old again, that’s worth something. I mean, how many of you at age 60 or 65 are able to recapture whatever feelings of magic and euphoria and happiness you had when you were a kid?
There’s not much. You become too experienced, too cynical. You become too knowledgeable. The things that you were all excited about you now have a little bit more knowledge than you did. So now to be able to recapture those childhood feelings, which are just dream-like and innocent as they can be, I think it’s just fascinating. So that’s part of my attachment to it. Of course there are religious reasons as well.
Obama to Start News Network?RUSH: All during the campaign the left and Democrats and many of the Never Trumpers told us, “Trump’s not serious about this. He doesn’t expect to win. You know what this really is about? This is about Trump starting his own cable news network. “Trump’s mad at Fox. Trump’s a media guy. What he really wants to do is have his own news network.”
How many times did you hear that? Enough times to never forget it, right? Trump didn’t want to win. He knew he wasn’t gonna win. He wasn’t serious about it. He was just setting the stage and establishing the foundations for an eventual Trump news network. “Barack Obama Considering Post-Presidential Digital Media career, Sources Say —
“President Barack Obama has been discussing a post-presidential career in digital media and is considering launching his own media company, according to multiple sources who spoke on background because they were not authorized to speak for the president. Obama considers media to be a central focus of his next chapter, these sources say, though exactly what form that will take — a show streaming on Netflix, a web series on a comedy site or something else — remains unclear.”
Obama on a comedy site? You know, Obama’s a lot of things, but a comedian and funny on purpose, anyway, is not one of them. “Obama has gone so far as to discuss launching his own media company, according to one source with knowledge of the matter, although he has reportedly cooled on the idea of late. When contacted for comment, White House communications director Jen Psaki told Mic in a statement, ‘While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office.'”
Isn’t this just too cute. First it was Trump threatening democracy by refusing to accept the election results, and then when they come in it’s the Democrats threatening democracy and refusing to accept the results for which they castigated Trump for in advance. And all during the campaign they told us Trump had no interest in winning, he wasn’t doing this for any reason other than to set the stage for Trump news. The election comes and goes, and now we find out that it’s Obama who wants to set up the Obama news network. It is stunning how wrong these people have been and how wrong they continue to be.
Trump Schedules Thank You Rally in North CarolinaRUSH: Donald Trump has another rally. He’s going to Fayetteville, North Carolina, tomorrow. It’s a thank-you tour, but it’s also maintaining his relationship with his base. Call it the continuation of the campaign — which, I think you know, Bill Clinton popularized. Obama has expanded on it. And I think now governance by successful elected officials is going to include a bit of a permanent campaign, because it’s been shown to work.Is Barbie’s Ken Gay?RUSH: Ken of Ken and Barbie may actually be gay. Not sure. We’re looking at it or into it. Whatever.